New Exhibit in Special Collections: 80 Years of Boise State University

A new exhibit commemorating the 80th anniversary of Boise State University was recently installed in Special Collections and Archives. The first day of class was on September 6, 1932, for the new college known as Boise Junior College. The two-year school was created to provide college education for students graduating from high schools in the area who could not afford to travel to attend college.

The first student body of BJC was comprised of 70 students, tuition was $60, and there were eight full-time faculty and six part-time faculty. The first college president was Middleton Barnwell, the bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church. The school was located in buildings that had previously been occupied by St. Margaret’s School, a day school for girls. The campus was located in downtown Boise near First and Idaho Streets until it moved to its current location in 1939.

In addition to photographs from the early days of classes, pictures from other decades of the university’s history, as well as significant clothing and other artifacts are displayed in the exhibit. A piece of the blue astroturf that was installed in Bronco Stadium in 1986 is also included. The exhibit is on display in front of Special Collections on the second floor of the library. E-mail archives@boisestate.edu with any questions or comments.

Additional images of Boise State University may be viewed in the digital collection “Historic Boise State” located at http://digital.boisestate.edu/cdm/.


Librarian featured in top field publication

Albertsons Library librarian Margie Ruppel co-authored an article that has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) as one of the Top Twenty publications in the field of instruction and information literacy published in 2011.

The selection committee indicated their article exemplified the criteria of "quality writing, useful research and stimulating ideas."  You can read a synopsis of the article “Information Literacy Follow-Through: Enhancing Preservice Teachers’ Information Evaluation Skills through Formative Assessment.” in Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 30.2 (2011): 72-84. and the other top 20 here: http://fleetwood.baylor.edu/lirt/lirtnews/2012/jun12.pdf

Congratulations, Margie!


Welcome to your library!

Welcome to the Albertsons Library. We've been a busy library this summer and we're ready for the Fall 2012 semester. Here are a few of the things available to you to make your visit to the library a fun, research-handy place:
  • Bring your laptop or mobile device--the whole building is Wi-Fi enabled.
  • There are over 110 computers with Microsoft Office 2010, Mac and PC laptops and notebooks for checkout.
  • Check out an iPad (2nd gen.) at the Circulation desk, each with tons of helpful apps.
  • Scanners, microform readers, and multiple BroncoPrint stations in the first and second floors--all wired to include wireless printing from your laptop.
  • Access the library from your phone via our mobile website.
  • A Starbucks coffee shop on the first floor.
  • Extensive subject guides in fields such as Public Administration, Radiologic Sciences,  Educational Technology and many more, via the library's LibGuides system.
  • A growing collection of streaming video databases on a wide range of subjects--watch online or on your portable device.
  • The library catalog now sports a large eBook collection--you can read books online or download it to your portable device.
  • Access thousands of articles from journals and magazines from the A-Z list of databases. You will find that more and more of our databases are mobile-friendly, too.
  • Have questions about research, campus, or anything at all? We’re available to help you via our reference chat, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Or you can text us your questions at (208) 546-9982.
Please let us know how we can be of service!